FRAMINGHAM – For decades the two southside neighborhoods of Coburnville and Tripoli were rivals. Youths who attended the former Roosevelt Elementary School took pride in their Tripoli neighbohood. Youths who attended the former Memorial School took pride in their Coburnville neighborhood.
Both schools are long gone, but the two southside neighborhoods are now combining to form an association.
The kick-off event to the new Coburnville-Tripoli Neighborhood Association is a neighborhood block party on Saturday, May 18 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Roosevelt Park, the site of the former elementary school.
The purpose of the Coburnville-Tripoli Neighborhoods Association is to strengthen the relationship amongst and between its residents and businesses, actively encourage and facilitate engagement to share and promote our diverse culture, become a central resource of community information, promote commerce and community activities, increase civic participation and facilitate positive dialogue and advocate on behalf of its residents and businesses with our municipal leaders and officials, states the bylaws.
Although the Association is located in what is now District 8 of the City of Framingham, the Association really is a neighborhood organization and not a group, defined by a political district. Political districts can change, but a neighborhood remains the same for decades and generations.
This is not the first Association in the City. There are other Associations like the Friends of Saxonville, Nobscot Neighbors, Pheasant Hill Association.
“These two neighborhoods have traditionally been geographically defined as the area in Framingham from the Ashland border at the Boston and Albany Railroad line along the tracks behind Waverly Street to the rail spur at Cedar Street onto Claflin Street and turning south onto Hollis Street continuing along its right side to Waushakum Lake behind Nipmuc Road across the Lake to the Ashland border near Daisley Place following it across back to the starting point,” according to the Association’s bylaws.
The Coburnville-Tripoli Neighborhood Association is calling itself the “heart of Framingham” and created a website at www.HeartofFramingham.com
A Facebook page was created this weekend for the Association –
“I think it’s a great idea to form the Coburville/Tripoli neighborhood association. I am hoping that this Association will afford the opportunity for neighbors to meet one another and to work together to outline the major problems in the neighborhood and as an association address them to the Council,” said Association President Annmarie DeMarini.
“I think by identifying the top three concerns that neighbors have we can start to address those, as a group, and make an effort to get a resolution to our problems,” said DeMarini.
Membership in the Association is open to any individual, family, business, or organization that “owns or leases property, or operates a business or organization in Framingham within a quarter of a mile of the neighborhoods for which the Association was incorporated.”
The annual dues are $5 per member paid.
The first official meeting to ratify the Association’s bylaws and elect Officers and Trustees with be in June. The time and date have yet to be announced.
The initial slate of officers are as follows:
Vice President: Judith Grove
Clerk: John Stefanini
Treasurer: Nikki Fisher-Quittmeyer
Technology Officer: Sylvie Lardeux (She designed and created the Association’s logo)
Trustees: Michael Croci, Susan Petroni, Andrea Dunne-Adrian, Jane Abro, Nancy Marquez, Allison Stagg, Faith Riva, and Marci Carreiro.
Editor’s Note: In full transparency, I am the business owner trustee listed in the incorporation papers, as SOURCE is located in the neighborhood. I also have lived in the neighborhood since 2000.
“An association will give our neighborhood the collective standing and voice that we need to address the issues that confront us,” said Stefanini.
As mentioned above, the block party will be the kick-off of the Association.
“It will be a great opportunity for everyone to get to know their neighbors,” said Grove, who worked to get the Framingham Public Library’s bookmobile at the block party.
The party is scheduled for 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Roosevelt Park, located at the corner of Fay Road and Seminole Avenue.
If you would like to volunteer at the block party or learn more about the Association, email email@example.com
For more information on the block party, click here.